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GOP checks into Hotel Breitbart California, finds it’s not at all like the brochures said

By TBogg
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 14:27 EDT

In the great state of California, Republican office holders are about as rare as high school diplomas in the Palin household. Even in an election year, the state GOP brain-trust is having a hell of a time rounding up anyone who can – at the very minimum – fog  a mirror, to run for office in a state that the Kenyan Muslim carried by 20 points.

The problem is that there are few state-based conservative media outlets that are sympathetic to their cause and that shallow end on that pool is about to be drained even more now that right-wing homo-hating  lunatic Doug Manchester has decided that throwing money down a media rat-hole in order to become mini-Murdoch is a maybe not such a good business plan:

In San Diego, word on the business street, now rebounding among a number of daily publishers around the country, is that the ownership of the San Diego Union-Tribune, now renamed U-T San Diego, wants out. That’s right: Rumor has it that flamboyant owner Papa Doug Manchester (good David Carr rundown on the “pro-business” Manchester era) wants to sell. His sometimes-CEO John Lynch has been assigned the task of finding a buyer, that rumor says. Lynch has previously talked publicly about wanting to buy more papers.

So when you can’t get your message out to a state that is largely indifferent, if not downright hostile, to you: who you gonna call?

Ghost Breitbart!

Feeling the need to dilute the brand named after a guy most notable for screaming “Stop raping people!’ at random folks on the street, – and probably to give Joel Pollack something to do since he got demoted to ‘Go Check The Wires And Then Fetch Me A Big Gulp, Easy Ice, Editor’ – the Breitbart Mausoleum for Misfit Humans  has created a Breitbart California edition because…. well they’re based there, so why the hell not? Print business cards!

Rounding out the cast of the usual idiots and future potential litigants (seriously, how screwed up do you have to be that screech weasel Dana Loesch runs away instead of opening fire on the ‘newsroom’?) the crew at BreitCal roped in a few California pols  to give them the street cred that, quite frankly, they’ll never achieve, but ‘participation certificate’ for trying, you guys.

Their biggest ‘coup’ was landing House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) who wrote them a glowing report card even before they showed work:

“This weekend’s launch of Breitbart California is a testament to his legacy of holding our public officials accountable for their actions,” McCarthy wrote. “I look forward to the voice of reform-minded Californians being represented without bias as Breitbart California launches.”

Then this happened:


….and two days later McCarthy checks out:

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday distanced himself from Breitbart News after the outlet combined an image of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with Miley Cyrus.

McCarthy’s office asked Breitbart to remove an op-ed he wrote, after its website used artwork superimposing Pelosi’s head on the body of the bikini-clad pop star.

“We didn’t condone them. We thought it was the right thing to do to ask for the column to be removed,” Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, told the Los Angeles Times.

In their defense, Breitbart compared themselves to a skit on Saturday Night Live, which sounds about right for a news website.

Fortunately for them, they have so far  hung on to Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) who says ‘no gun, no Wall Street crimes,’ overly sensitive eats-his-feelings gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, and Art Laffer who will presumably being doing graphics for them of the non-twerking Nancy Pelosi-kind.

No word yet on the negotiations to get GOP candidate Glenn Champ to write a relationship column….

Men who love men who hate men who love men

By TBogg
Sunday, April 6, 2014 22:45 EDT

‘Oh no, there goes CEO, go go Mozilla’ – Blue Oyster Cult, sorta As a rule, white conservatives love love love victims. Providing, of course the victims aren’t blacks who are still fighting institutional racism. Or old people who didn’t plan for their future and now come begging, hat in hand, for their promised social security benefits. Get a job, Greatest Generation! Or poor Mexicans who all snuck into the country to have babies and…


An oppressive white privileged heteronormative look at Suey Park’s SQUIRREL! interview

By TBogg
Thursday, April 3, 2014 19:01 EDT

Yesterday morning I sat down at  ‘the place where the magic happens‘ (my desk) fully intending to write about the #CancelColbert nothing-burger that gripped America for a 72-hour news cycle before the country moved on to discussing more important things like waffle tacos at Taco Bell and Bruce Jenner plastic…


In wake of Ft. Hood shooting, conservative gun nuts immediately shoot off their mouths

By TBogg

It is a sad fact of life that, in this world that the NRA has made, nothing brings out the hot gun lovin’ like a tragic shooting that happens to someone else at a good safe distance. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, while most American parents were…


Sarah Palin reads dumb Breitbart thing, accepts challenge, writes something dumber

By TBogg
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:20 EDT

I’ve often said that it is fairly obvious that Sarah Palin pays someone to write the things that show up on her ShoutyFace page because most of the time it doesn’t read like  the meth-fueled glossolalia of a not-particularly-bright 14-year-old. However it looks like  yesterday someone left a computer at…


The resurrection of Chris Christie: Presidential contender, oblivious overseer, innocent man

By TBogg
Monday, March 31, 2014 2:37 EDT

When we last left the future presidential prospects of New Jersey Governor and teacher-yeller-atter Chris Christie, the barely breathing carcass had washed up on the Jersey Shore where it heaved and gasped and stunk up the area like a week-old chum bucket left in the sun. It seemed that only…


The worst about us is how we treat the least among us

By TBogg
Friday, March 28, 2014 10:58 EDT

(You can donate to Shanesha Taylor here) Here are a few headlines from the last three days. As N.H. shelters close, one question: ‘Where are we supposed to go?’ On Wednesday night, Locke slept in one of 68 beds available at one of two winter homeless shelters in Concord. When…


‘Hobby Lobby’ Is Not Slang For ‘Vagina’ – A Guide For Guys

By TBogg
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 14:22 EDT

You lead a busy life. When you’re not wasting time at work, bip-bopping around the internet checking out ESPN.com or looking at pictures of hot actresses without their make-up and wondering if you’d still ‘do’ them, you still make time to do your real job: whether it is processing an…


I, for one, do not welcome our new tech-bro CEOverlords

By TBogg
Monday, March 24, 2014 16:01 EDT

The Internet Age – which you are currently soaking in – has given us many wonderful things. There is the website originally envisioned as a social networking hub for college students that has since been taken over by elderly people for the purpose of exchanging pictures of their grandchildren and urban…


People on the internet behaving badly

By TBogg
Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:58 EDT

While it is true that ”politics is show business for ugly people”, it is equally true that those who join the Beltway media become part of the high school that goes by the name of ‘The Villagers.’ Once enrolled, the maneuvering, the sucking up, the herd mentality, takes over as alliances…